10 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

10 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Milwaukee
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Truckee
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
End: Milwaukee

6
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
South Lake Tahoe is known for historic sites, beaches, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planning tool.

Milwaukee to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Milwaukee to South Lake Tahoe is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Milwaukee in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Eagle Falls Trail
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Heavenly Mountain Resort ©
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Northstar California and then admire the majestic nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Kings Beach State Recreation Area, then let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Truckee day trip planning site.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Truckee when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Kings Beach State Recreation Area
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Northstar California ©
Northstar California
River Rafting & Tubing

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